Today at Marwell
Home to hundreds of endangered and exotic species in 140 acres of beautiful parkland – there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy any day of the week.
Get up close to our giraffes
The giraffe is the tallest living animal and with its uniquely long legs and neck is one of the most recognisable species in the world. Marwell has a long history with giraffes, the first arriving in October 1971, shortly before the zoo opened to the public.
Our five female giraffes have access to a large house for shelter, an all-weather outdoor hardstanding area and a large paddock that they share with zebras and antelope.
When outside, the giraffe can be viewed from the hardstand viewing area 10:30am to 12:30pm (subject to weather and availability), or the raised wooden walkway gives a unique view of the giraffe and the other amazing species that share the paddock.
10.30am until 12.30pm daily (subject to weather conditions)
Find out more about Santos the sloth
Travel to the tropical rainforest whatever the weather outside
Explore our Energy for Life: Tropical house, and stroll alongside the free-flying birds and butterflies as you discover the sights and sounds of the world’s rainforests in our multi-species exhibit.
Designed to highlight the flow of energy through life and ecosystems, you begin your journey in the canopy layer, winding your way through lush vegetation as you descend to the forest floor, encountering the different species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that live in the different layers.
Our friendly team members will be delighted to help you discover any species that you may have missed along the way.
Don’t forget to visit the Science Gallery, just after the large fish-filled aquarium, to find out more about how energy and carbon flows through life and how we can help reduce our use of carbon for the benefit of all.
11am until 30 mins before the zoo closes
The children will love letting off some energy at the zoo’s five adventure playgrounds! Our new bespoke okapi playground was designed to be inclusive and also features a wheelchair accessible roundabout and an accessible slide, so all children can safely play.
Download our App
Your day out can be an educational experience as well as great fun and we have plenty of free downloadable resources to use at the zoo.
Read about our incredible animals or find out more about our conservation work around the world. And don’t forget to download our free Marwell Zoo App to enjoy a fun quiz and learn some fascinating facts about the animals.
We are currently reviewing our daily activities due to Covid-19. Please check back here for updates!